LEON Pryce is aiming to make Derwent Park a fortress this season as Workington Town up their preparation for the new league season.

Town got off to the perfect start, winning their first pre-season clash against neighbours Whitehaven on Sunday and lifting the Ike Southward Memorial Trophy in the 24-6 victory.

But with several weeks still to go before the opening League One game next month Pryce is keen to keep the tempo high and says the fans can do their part in helping them.

“We want to try and build Derwent Park into a fortress this year and win all our home games,” confirmed the Town boss, who is entering into his second season as head coach.

“It was a fantastic effort by the fans on Sunday, really noisy again and let’s try and keep the numbers building.”

Town have their second friendly looming on Sunday when Huddersfield Giants will provide the opposition at Derwent Park, ko 3pm. And Pryce says they will be working hard in training again this week.

He added: We’ve got to make sure we keep training hard as it’s still pre-season so we will keep conditioning and ease off towards the end of the week.”

Pryce also said they were delighted with the progress of trialist Jonathan Walsh, from Barrow Island, after he impressed in the derby. The Town coach said they were keen to get another look at him and hopefully add him to the ranks for the new season.

“Walsh had a brilliant game, as did Ryan Fieldhouse. The back three were brilliant and Danny Tickle was really good, all the signings were good but Walsh was outstanding.

“We’re hoping to get something sorted out and get a deal and get him signed up. We have three more still to come back in the side so I’m happy with what we have although we are always looking. But we also have our dual registration with Huddersfield.”